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Prayerful Preaching...

When Fernando Bulhom, an Augustinian canon in Portugal, became a friar in 1220 and took the name Anthony, he had already acquired a vast knowledge of Scripture. After a brief time as a missionary in Morocco and a short time as chaplain for friars in a hermitage at Montepaolo, his talents as a preacher were discovered.

Francis of Assisi was still alive when Anthony was assigned to teach Scripture to the friars in Bologna. In that city he received a letter from Francis, encouraging him in this teaching as long as these studies did not “extinguish the Spirit of prayer and devotion” (Rule of 1223). Francis need not have worried. Anthony’s aim was to draw his students to appreciate how deeply God loves them and how they should live as people made in the divine image and likeness. Their later preaching would succeed because of this approach. Anthony’s talents as a preacher cut short his teaching in Bologna. The friars sent him to southern France to preach against the Albigensians, who were winning sympathy for their views because of their evangelical lifestyle.

 

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."